Citizens also have to enact change


The fiasco we now are witnessing in Washington, D.C., is not surprising. The build-up has been progressing since President Obama was elected in 2008.

Until our leaders recognize the foolishness of extreme partisanship, we will continue to see what we have before us. And it will not matter who controls the White House or the Congress.

We certainly can blame both political parties for these developments. But we the people also must take a long look in the mirror to see a large portion of the problem in this country.

As our population has grown both in size and in the number of ideologies, the ability to agree on what is the right thing to do as Americans has slipped away. The idea that acting as stubbornly as possible will lead to victory is now the dominant theme.

All of us, including the President and members of Congress, need to be willing to make sacrifices if we are truly going to deal with the problems we are facing. To be honest, I don’t have much confidence that we are willing to do what we need to do. It is much easier to be selfish than selfless.

Larry Dueber